Cheat sheet for playing online lotteries
There are many different ways of picking lottery numbers. Although, mathematically, each combination has the exact same chance of being a winner as any other number sequence in each individual draw, there are certain things you can do (or avoid) to give you an advantage. We have put together a cheat sheet that will help you play smarter. Following these tips when playing online lotteries will maximise your potential to hit your first big win, whilst minimising your chances of sharing your prize with other people.
Look at the past to predict the future
Human intuition tells us that if something has not happened for quite some time, it is probably overdue. If you want to increase your chances of winning when playing UK online lotteries have a look at the lottery’s statistics before you pick your numbers. Here, for example, you can see The Health Lottery’s “Most Overdue Numbers”, which have not come up in a while.
An analysis of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide has shown that
- Numbers that have been out (losers) for six games or less account for about half of the winning numbers.
- Numbers that have been out for nine games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers.
- Numbers that have been out for 12 games or less account for a very significant three-quarters of all the winning numbers.
The high-low split
It has been shown that winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. In a 50-number game, like The Health Lottery, numbers 1 to 25 would be in the low half, and numbers 26 to 50 would be in the high half. It is very unlikely that all high numbers or all low numbers will be drawn. Therefore, ensure your numbers are picked from both the high half and the low half. A good rule of thumb, according to a Swiss study, is that all your numbers added up should be more than 177. Another benefit – picking more high numbers (which tend to be picked less often), means you will have to share your winnings with fewer winners if you do strike it lucky.
Let your numbers work harder and smarter
Many people play online lotteries every day, only buying one ticket at a time. But did you know that it’s actually more efficient to buy 20 tickets for one lottery draw, than one ticket for 20 draws? Reason being, having more tickets per game allows you to cover a greater spread of numbers, which increases your chance of getting a hit.
Mix odds and even for better odds
When you select your lottery numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. Draws with only odd numbers or only even numbers are extremely rare. Your best bet is to have a mix of three odd and two even, or two odd and three even.
Play multiples, divide your prize
It is human nature to want patterns and order, so number multiples, especially the multiples of 5, (5-10-15-20-25) and lucky number 7, (7-14-21-28-35) are very popular. If you play number sequences that get played all the time, and you do win, there may be thousands of people to split the prize with. When it comes to playing online lotteries it’s best not to play popular numbers.
Make your dreams come true
Have you ever won the lottery in a dream? It may be the universe telling you something. Kerri Cartwright from Port Glasgow had a dream in January 2007 that she won the lottery. A week later, when shopping at her local Tesco, she remembered the dream and bought a lottery ticket for the draw that night. She won £2,543,691. If your intuition is telling you something, listen.
Check your numbers
It seems lotto players are letting huge stacks of money slip through their fingers. According to recent figures, £1,4 billion in UK lottery winnings have gone unclaimed over a period of 18 years – that is an average rate of £75 million every year. Don’t make this costly mistake. You may be walking about as a millionaire without knowing it. There is no use participating if you don’t check your numbers.